Robson Hall Coffee House & Trivia Night @ The HUB Social Club, University Centre
Feb 25 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The MLSA is pleased to host the annual Robson Hall Coffee House and Trivia Night to showcase the hidden talents of Faculty, Staff and Students!

Contact Victoria Davies to sign up to perform, or for more information about this extraordinary event!


Distinguished Visitors Lecture: Dr. Asad Kiyani @ Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall
Feb 27 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Robson Hall’s Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Dr. Asad Kiyani

Distinguished visitor Asad KiyaniAsad Kiyani is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. He specializes in domestic and international criminal law, immigration and refugee law, evidence, postcolonial theory, legal pluralism, and comparative law.

Dr. Kiyani will present a paper on: “Originary Violence: Reflections on Genocide in Canada and the Colonial Legality of Ktunaxa Nation

The decision in Ktunaxa Nation demonstrates both a problematic understanding of and adherence to ‘rule of law’, and an ongoing ontological deficit: an inability to understand Indigenous societies’ ways of being, self-organization and self-actualization. This deficit poses a key challenge to recognizing the harms suffered by Indigenous groups, and is one part of the colonial legality of modern Canadian law.

CDO/PDC Presents – 3L – Information Session on the Articling Recruit – Monday March 2nd, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 12:50PM – Moot B
Mar 2 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Women Lawyers Forum / Feminist Legal Forum Roundtable: Making Space: Womxn, the Law, the First 5 Years @ Common Room, Robson Hall
Mar 2 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Feminist Legal Forum is excited to be hosting a Roundtable Discussion in conjunction with the Women Lawyers’ Forum section of the Manitoba Bar Association on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The roundtable will take place in the Common Room here at Robson Hall and food will be provided. The event is titled “Making Space: Womxn, the Law, the First 5 Years” and is geared towards women and women-identifying law students.  

The roundtable discussion will revolve around the particular issues, questions, and challenges that may be present for women-identifying law students as they transition into practice. There will be four tables facilitated by practitioners ranging in experience from 1-10 years and in a variety of areas. Please see the attached notice for more information.

There are a limited number of spaces available for this event and they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP, please email to indicate your interest in attending. Attendance will be capped at 40 students.

CDO/PDC Presents -3L- Information Session on the Articling Recruit – Tuesday March 3rd, 2020- Moot B – 12:00 – 12:50PM
Mar 3 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Research in Manitoba’s Legal Community: Lightning Talks 2020 @ Robson Hall, Faculty of Law
Mar 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Research in Manitoba’s Legal Community: Lightning Talks 2020

Date: Wednesday March 4, 2020
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: University of Manitoba, Robson Hall

The MBA Legal Research Section invites law students and professors to present their recent or ongoing legal research projects. Each presenter will have five minutes to present, followed by a five minute question period. We are hoping to create a forum in which legal practitioners, students and academics can come together to learn about the interesting legal research that is occurring within the Manitoba legal community. Refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Heather Fast at if you are interested in presenting at our event. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Criminal Law Group presents: Crime and Cheese – a networking event @ Earls on Main
Mar 4 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Robson Hall’s Criminal Law Group is hosting:
Crime and Cheese
March 4, 6pm-9pm
at Earls on Main (at 191 Main St)
RSVP to: Eric Penner at

Crime and Cheese is a networking event that brings together members of Manitoba’s criminal law community with students interested in pursuing a career in criminal law. Light refreshments will be served.

Attendance is free for CLG members. Tickets are $10 for non-members. Please RSVP as above.


DV Lecture Series & MBA present: Ms. Elisabeth Lang, Superintendent of Bankruptcy @ Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall
Mar 5 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
A Collaborative Event: The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series and Manitoba Bar Association Insolvency and Young Lawyers Sections welcome Ms. Elisabeth Lang, Superintendent of Bankruptcy, Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, Government of Canada.

Thursday, March 5th, 12:00-1:00pm in Moot Courtroom B.

Even if you know nothing about bankruptcy law and didn’t think you would ever want to explore this area of law, you might want to attend. This talk is about “Everything you ever wanted to know about the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy but were afraid to ask.” Guest speaker Elisabeth Lang will start with the basics of “Insolvency Law 101” before explaining what she does as the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, and what kind of work happens in her office, including priorities, trending topics and significant cases.

Elisabeth will also touch on how the Superintendent’s office decides to intervene in cases.  Those interested in Canadian federalism will want to sit up and pay attention. Recent significant bankruptcy cases coming out of the SCC make this a timely topic, including:

ETR v Superintendent of Bankruptcy, 2015 SCC 52
Alberta v Moloney, 2015 SCC 51
Saskatchewan v Lemare Lake Logging, 2015 SCC 53
Orphan Well Association v Grant Thornton, 2019 SCC 5


Kawaskimhon Moot 2020 – Hosted by Robson Hall @ Robson Hall Faculty of Law
Mar 6 – Mar 7 all-day

Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba is pleased to host the 26th Kawaskimhon National Moot, March 6-7, 2020. This page will be updated frequently with information relevant to participants and attendees of the Kawaskimhon National Moot.

Please email Party Submissions to by Friday, February 21st at 4:00 p.m.


The two hotels below are offering a University of Manitoba rate to Kawaskimhon Moot participants. To book at these rates simply state that you are a guest with the University of Manitoba at the time of booking. Kindly note the rates are subject to availability. Please see the links below for further information specific to the hotels:

1. Inn at the Forks (Downtown Winnipeg at the Forks – approx. 20 minutes from the U of M). Standard Queen room $149.00/night

2. Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry (South Pembina Highway – approx. 5 minutes from the U of M). Standard Queen room $104.00/night

Wondering what to do in Winnipeg? Here are some things to do and places to eat near the U of M campus: DOCX file or PDF file.



  • 9:00-9:30 Registration
  • 9:30-10:30 Opening Ceremony
  • 10:30-12:00 Facilitated Team Discussions.
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-5:00 Facilitated Team Discussions (with breaks as determined by the room).
  • Evening- Up to you
  • Coaches/Facilitator Reception- TDS Lounge


  • 9:30-12:00 Facilitated Discussions
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 Facilitated Discussions
  • 3:00-4:00 Reporting of Each Group on Outcomes
  • 6:30 forward Feast at Museum for Human Rights/Closing Ceremony

END OF Program.

Download the Kawashkimhon agenda: DOCX file or PDF file.

Table Assignments

Download the Kawashkimhon Moot table assignments: DOCX file or PDF file.

Please email Party Submissions to by Friday, February 21st at 4:00 p.m.

Parties to the Negotiations

Download the Kawashkimhon Moot parties to the negotiations: DOCX file or PDF file.

Moot Problem

Download the Kawashkimhon Moot problem (English version): DOCX file or PDF file.

Download the Kawashkimhon Moot problem (French version): DOCX file or PDF file.

Download the Kawashkimhon Moot parties instructions (English version): DOCX file or PDF file.

Robson Hall

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Western Canada Family Law Negotiation Competition @ TBD
Mar 6 – Mar 7 all-day

We are excited to announce that Robson Hall will participate in the upcoming Western Canada Family Law Negotiation Competition from March 6-7, 2020. Dean Black-Branch has offered to host this inaugural competition in Winnipeg.

This competition will bring together practitioners, the judiciary, and faculty to work together to train law students to be family law lawyers. In family law, the access to justice crisis has propelled legislation and practice norms to move towards non-adversarial dispute resolution processes. In Manitoba, it is now mandatory for family law clients to engage in negotiation prior to involving the courts. As a result, lawyers are now required to build new skills, particularly in the areas of negotiation. In addition to furthering substantial knowledge of family law, the competition will provide a means for law students to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition will simulate legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of family law issues.

The Western Canada Family Law Negotiation Competition is a competition for 3rd year law students. Working in teams of two, the law students will negotiate with opposing teams in three successive rounds of increasing complexity. The competition will be judged by various members of the judiciary from Manitoba, as well as senior family law practitioners.

More information to come.